Volleyball: Rebels Host Mountaineers in Semifinal Action of NIVC

Photo by Elyse Lenaburg

The Ole Miss Volleyball team steps into semifinal action in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Saturday as they take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Gillom Performance Center.

Ole Miss comes into this match after sweeping Georgia 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the NIVC. Sophomore Emily Stroup led the way with a record-setting day. She tallied 15 kills on a .433 clip and became the single-season record holder with 438 kills.

Coach Steven McRoberts’ squad has won six of the last seven matches they have played in. The Rebels have the top five single-season kills leaders on the floor this season with sophomore Emily Stroup (438) and seniors Lexi Thompson (437) and Kate Gibson (427). Gibson and Thompson set the bar in 2016.

West Virginia (21-12) reached the semifinals with three consecutive shutouts, most recently against Syracuse in the quarterfinals. The Mountaineers are led by AVCA All-Midwest Region honoree Payton Caffrey, who owns 436 kills (3.60/S).

The sophomore is a two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree. Caffrey ranks 11th in the NCAA in service aces per set (0.47).

This will be the third meeting between the two teams with the series tied 1-1. The Mountaineers won a 3-2 match at the Deacon Invitational in 1997 and then the Rebels claimed a 3-1 win at the Kansas Invitational in 2000.

The winner will advance to the championship to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


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